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DC is giving the Joker a vacation around the globe (in comics) ahead of Joker 2 movie

The anthology has 13 all-new stories from international creators taking the iconic villain to their home countries

Joker: The World
Image credit: Jason Fabok/DC

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Sometimes, even the Clown Prince of Crime needs a vacation — but where can the Joker go that trouble won’t follow? The answer is likely to be found in September’s upcoming globe-trotting hardcover anthology Joker: The World.

A follow-up to 2021’s Batman: The World, this 184-page collection will feature multiple stories featuring the iconic DC villain from top creators around the world, each telling a story set in their own home country, with the book’s release happening simultaneously in each of those countries. How many countries, you ask? 13, as it turns out: the United States, Spain, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Cameroon, Poland, and Argentina.

Creators on the project include Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, Satoshi Miyagawa, David Rubin, German Peralta, and Alvaro Fong Varela. More creators will be announced as the book's release gets closer.

DC’s official description of Joker: The World reads as follows, “What does The Joker do when on holiday in Spain? How has he inspired others to follow in his footsteps, creating Joker duplicates in Germany and Turkey? How does a Joker in Cameroon find inspiration? Only the top writers and artists from each country can provide the answers, in unique stories celebrating one of the most compelling characters in pop culture.”

Joker: The World will be released in 13 countries September 17... just a few weeks before the theatrical debut of Joker: Folie à Deux, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga. (That's likely not a coincidence.) Take a look at the cover by Jason Fabok below.

Joker: The World
Image credit: Jason Fabok/DC

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